SCREEN CANBERRA CORONAVIRUS UPDATES & RESOURCES

Updated: 12 November 2021

For the latest information, please visit the ACT Government’s coronavirus website: covid19.act.gov.au

For up-to-date information on workplace health & safety, please visit Work Safe ACT: worksafe.act.gov.au

Please visit Screen Australia to read the COVID-Safe Guidelines for all states.

As per instruction from the ACT Chief Health Officer’s Office, Screen Canberra is pleased to confirm that filming can proceed in the region from Friday, 15 October 2021, providing the production meets the requirements outlined by the ACT Government.

FILMING UPDATE
  • All productions must develop COVID Safety Plans
  • General Rules (Indoors & Outdoors)
    • Check in CBR must also be used
    • COVID Safety Plans required and able to be produced if requested
    • Productions that require greater than 1000-2000 cast/crew must submit their COVID Safety Plan to ACT Health for review.
    • Productions that require greater than 2000 cast/crew must seek an exemption, in accordance with the COVID Save Event Protocol.
  • Filming outdoors: No density limits apply to outdoor spaces which are accessible to the public.
  • Filming indoors: One person per two square metres must be applies to any indoor areas which are accessible to the public
    • An Art Studio that is a small business may operate in accordance with the provisions for small businesses.
  • Businesses that are entering homes, will need to abide by the gathering restrictions in homes as per the requirements outlined by the ACT Government.
  • Face Coverings/Masks
    • Face masks for indoors only (high risk settings, public transport, schools and front of house hospitality)
      • In all indoor spaces at a schoolearly childhood education and care settings (including out of school hours care). This requirement will be reviewed prior to recommencement of the school year in 2022.
    • A person may remove their face mask in one of the abovementioned locations in the following situations:
      • When consuming food, drink or medicine
      • When communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication.
      • If asked to remove a face mask to ascertain identity (eg if asked by a police officer).
      • When the nature of a person’s work in one of the abovementioned areas means that wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety.
      • When performing essential work in an indoor space in one of the abovementioned areas, but only when:
        • In an office where no other people are present; OR
        • When sitting or standing at a workstation in an office; AND
        • 1.5 metres away from any other person. (As soon as a person is no longer alone or is moving, they must wear a face mask)
      • Because of an emergency
      • Face masks remain mandatory for people aged 12 years and over while inside the Canberra Airport terminal and during domestic commercial flights in and out of Canberra.
    • A person is not required to wear a face mask if they have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face mask detrimental to their condition.
    • Face coverings/masks are no longer mandated in outdoor settings.
    • Masks may be removed while cast are performing but must be put back on as soon as they are finished.
  • It is also strongly recommended that productions consider implementing their own policies around mask wearing for entry onto their set, particularly where there is extensive interaction with the public.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS
It is currently recommended that you follow the following suggestions for ‘business’:
  • Businesses must meet their work, health and safety obligations.
  • One person per two square metres must be applied to any indoor areas of the business which are accessible to the public.
  • No density limits apply to outdoor spaces which are accessible to the public.
ENTERING THE ACT
From 11 November 2021

Rules and restrictions, based on travel are identified in the current Public Health (COVID-19 Areas of Concern Notice 2021), and include high risk geographical areas (listed as COVID-19 Affected Areas), COVID-19 places of concern and close and casual exposure locations. 

What you are required to do is dependent on your vaccination status and if you have been to an identified high-risk area in the last 14 days or an exposure location in the ACT or any other state or territory. 

The current Public Health (COVID-19 Areas of Concern Notice 2021) is updated twice daily, you can find up to date information here. 

  • High risk geographical areas will continue to be restricted, and exemptions required prior to travel.  
  • Providing you are NOT entering the ACT from a high-risk geographical area as per the advice listed on the COVID ACT Website;
    • Vaccinated travellers can enter the ACT for any reason, without the need to quarantine. 
    • Unvaccinated travellers can enter the ACT for any reason, without the need to quarantine. 

If you are looking to enter the ACT and have been to a high-risk geographical area in the last 14 Days, please refer to the most current information on the COVID-19 Act Website.

To ensure the health and safety of Screen Canberra staff and stakeholders, Screen Canberra staff are currently continuing to work remotely, and any meetings will be held via video or tele-conference until further notice. If you are planning to visit the Screen Canberra office, please contact Alex, our Locations & Production Manager, in advance to make arrangements at alex@screencanberra.com.au or call +61 2 5104 8986.

Screen Canberra is committed to continuing to work closely with the ACT Government and will regularly update this webpage.

Please continue to check the ACT COVID-19 website for further details.